darter

noun
dart·​er | \ ˈdär-tər How to pronounce darter (audio) \

Definition of darter

1 : anhinga
2 : any of numerous small North American freshwater bony fishes (especially genera Ammocrypta, Etheostoma, and Percina of the family Percidae)

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Take for example the trispot darter—a small, handsome finned fish found only in a few places in the southeastern U.S. National Geographic, "How do we decide which species are endangered or threatened?," 22 Apr. 2019 The rest of the fish community includes muskellunge, northern pike, white sucker, brown bullhead, yellow perch, spot-tail shiner, Johnny darter and a handful of other small species. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Can the walleye population rebound in McDermott Lake if bass and panfish are reduced?," 30 June 2018 The drought rules seek to preserve flows at Comal and San Marcos springs, which support habitat of the fountain darter and other endangered species. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio, other cities activate Stage 1 watering restrictions," 21 May 2018 The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the darter and ordered construction the dam halted, but Congress passed a new law granting an exception to the Tellico. Rachel Riederer, The New Republic, "Can Rivers Be People Too?," 9 May 2018 Another darter was named for former Vice President Al Gore, in honor of his work on climate change. Richard Pyle, National Geographic, "A Fish Called Obama—Newly Discovered Species Named for President," 2 Sep. 2016 In 2012, scientists named a small aqua and orange speckled freshwater darter endemic to a few select drainages of the Tennessee River Etheostoma Obama. Richard Pyle, National Geographic, "A Fish Called Obama—Newly Discovered Species Named for President," 2 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of darter

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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